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[hwen-ev-er, wen-, hwuh n-, wuh n-] /ʰwɛnˈɛv ər, wɛn-, ʰwən-, wən-/
at whatever time; at any time when:
Come whenever you like.
when? (used emphatically):
Whenever did he say that?
Origin of whenever
1350-1400; Middle English; see when, ever Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But whenever we pass it, or stop at it, I think of that miserable day and all my fears.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • whenever he was fresh and full of spirits, he had enough to overflow upon her and every one.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I trust you will remember it whenever you think of the Holy Prophet.

    Our Little Turkish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Spare me not, therefore, my dear friend, whenever you think me in the least faulty.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • If nothing came of it he could at least arrest her whenever he pleased.

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for whenever


(subordinating) at every or any time that; when: I laugh whenever I see that
no matter when: it'll be here, whenever you decide to come for it
(informal) at an unknown or unspecified time: I'll take it if it comes today, tomorrow, or whenever
an intensive form of when, used in questions: whenever did he escape?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whenever

late 14c., from when + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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